News Releases from Region 05
EPA orders PCB removal along the Kalamazoo River
CHICAGO (April 15, 2016) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a unilateral order to Georgia-Pacific, Weyerhaeuser and International Paper which requires the removal of PCB-contaminated sediment and soil from a 1.5-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River upstream of the Otsego Township Dam, Otsego, Mich. This stretch is part of the Allied Paper Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund site. EPA expects work to begin in late summer and be completed by spring 2018.
“Given the ongoing threat of PCB releases, EPA is ordering this time-critical removal action to prevent further contamination of the Kalamazoo River,” said Region 5 Superfund Director Richard Karl. “EPA’s effort to reach an agreement with Georgia-Pacific, Weyerhaeuser and International Paper to conduct the PCB removal was unsuccessful.”
The PCB-contaminated sediment and soil resulted from paper manufacturing and disposal operations that stopped in the late 1970s and early 1980s. For more information: https://www3.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/alliedpaper/index.html.